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Foreign Language Substitution

A foreign language substitution accommodation replaces a required foreign language course with an alternative course.

Foreign Language Substitution is an accommodation provided for a student who has a language or memory disability that makes learning a foreign language prohibitively difficult. This accommodation is only used when the foreign language requirement is not an essential component of the student's degree program and generally involves having the student take courses that would provide the student with in depth knowledge of another culture. The Services for Students with Disabilities offices determines eligibility for this accommodation.



It is the responsibility of the student to notify the services for students with disabilities office if they think they need a foreign language course substitution, and to communicate with their department advisor about appropriate course substitutes.


Faculty do not have any responsibilities for this accommodation.


The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for determining eligibility for foreign language course substitution, and for facilitating communication between the student and their department advisor.


Related Functional Characteristics

Hearing Loss : For students who have a hearing loss, learning a foreign language may be prohibitively difficult due to the focus on spoken vocabulary.

Deafness : Due to inability to hear language, foreign language substitutions are appropriate.

Working / Short Term Memory Deficit : Tasks required for learning a foreign language may be excessively difficult for some students with working memory deficits.

Processing Deficit (Language) : Students with significant problems with phonological processes and syntactic awareness don't have the ability to learn a foreign language.

Processing Deficit (Auditory) : Students with auditory processing deficits are unable to learn the vocabulary of a foreign language.

Production (Verbal) : Students with verbal production problems are often unable to accurately speak a foreign language which is required in most foreign language program. If offered, they can often use American Sign Language as a substitution.

Intelligibility : For students who have difficulty with intelligibility, learning a foreign language may be prohibitively difficult due to the focus on spoken vocabulary.

Articulation : Students with articulation problems are unable to learn a foreign language in a reasonable timeframe due to their difficulty with verbal requirements of foreign language courses.

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